Handbell Performances


I try to post from a diversity of ensembles to spotlight all the awesome things happening around the handbell world, but the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir keeps pulling me in with their spectacular performances that I feel everyone should see.  Recently posted on their YouTube account was this performance of “Two Guitars”, a traditional Russian folk song arranged by L. Campbell Bunting from their 23rd...

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Every musician is particularly fond of their own ensemble, and I am not immune to that tendency. So if you’ll humor me, I’d like to show off a piece we played this season that I was particularly drawn to. Jason Krug’s “Compassion” is a stunning original work for bells. The piece is as complex both musically and technically.  There are layers upon layers of melody and counter melody and harmony that...

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Rehearsals are starting for the next big Sonos Handbell Ensemble tour, so I have been watching old videos of Sonos to get back into the groove.  I’ll share details of where we are performing later, but for now, here’s a clip from the Sonos DVD “Ringing Up“.  This piece is called “Echos of Japan”, arranged by our conductor Jim Meredith.  I love this piece because it is a great example...

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Some nights when I’m bored I will pick an ensemble I know nothing about and stalk them all over the internet to learn as much as I can.  The other night I ran across Charm City Bronze from Baltimore, Maryland.  Two things caught my eye about this group.  First, they performed a joint concert with the Arsis Youth, which made me supremely jealous.  Second, they performed a concert at the Palm...

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I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to share this video with everyone.  Long time readers of the blog will remember that I spent this last fall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Well I was out there I had the pleasure of ringing with the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble (PHE), a talented group of ringers who are not afraid to think outside the box.  One of the pieces we played was “Spirit Wind”...

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The Arsis Youth Handbell Ensemble is once again on YouTube impressing us with their technical skills and musicality.  One of their recently posted videos is of  the E.Grieg “Prelude” from Holberg’s suite, arranged by D.J.Benton.  Sit back and enjoy the brilliance of these young, talented ringers. This summer at the National Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to...

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